Jessica Rast, MPH
Jessica Rast graduated from the Drexel University School of Public Health in 2014 with her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology. Her work in autism began when she started working at the Autism Institute as a student in the Outreach Core. Jessica cites her experience earned during time in the community with individuals on the autism spectrum, families, and service providers as an invaluable addition to her desire to research autism.
Her passion is in turning big data into meaningful stories, and in this capacity she works as a data analyst using national datasets. Some of her research focuses include care coordination, transition periods (including education, life, and health care), and factors associated with successful life outcomes (and contemplating how to quantify “successful”). Her most recent projects include work with the LCO team on the National Autism Indicators Report and the collection of national sources of data that include information about individuals on the autism spectrum.